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Sep 3, 2023
God’s Sovereign Election (Part 3)
In part 3 of this section on God's sovereign election of his people, Paul impresses upon us what it means for God to "harden" someone, which is simply an act of his leaving someone to their own way.  It can be an act of judgment, to show us how sinful we truly are or to accomplish his will and purposes.  
 
Scripture: Exodus 7:1-13, Romans 9:16-18
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  • Sep 3, 2023God’s Sovereign Election (Part 3)
    Sep 3, 2023
    God’s Sovereign Election (Part 3)
    In part 3 of this section on God's sovereign election of his people, Paul impresses upon us what it means for God to "harden" someone, which is simply an act of his leaving someone to their own way.  It can be an act of judgment, to show us how sinful we truly are or to accomplish his will and purposes.  
     
    Scripture: Exodus 7:1-13, Romans 9:16-18
  • Aug 27, 2023God’s Sovereign Election (Part 2)
    Aug 27, 2023
    God’s Sovereign Election (Part 2)
    There are two major categories of objections to the reality of God's sovereign election in salvation, fairness and personal freedom, that Paul anticipates and addresses as we wrestle with this challenging doctrine.  Just as a governor, who has the authority and prerogative, can pardon the convicted, so too does God in choosing to show mercy on some and not others.  This is not based on anything that we do but is the free gift of mercy shown to convicted and underserved sinners.  
     
    Scripture: Exodus 33:1-6, 12-19, Romans 9:1-16
  • Aug 20, 2023God’s Sovereign Election
    Aug 20, 2023
    God’s Sovereign Election
    While a sometimes difficult doctrine, all of scripture shows us that God is sovereign over the salvation of those whom he chooses for the purpose of carrying out his plans and decrees.  It's God's gift of election that determines our faith, and for those in Christ, this gives us great assurance of our faith.  Far from being blind, true faith is trust with all of the knowledge that he's revealed to us. 
     
    Scripture: Psalm 135, Romans 9:1-13
  • Aug 13, 2023Always Preach. Never Presume
    Aug 13, 2023
    Always Preach. Never Presume
    While God is always sovereign in the salvation of his people, this fact does not negate our responsibility as Christians to preach the Gospel, with love and without partiality, to all people, whether they're sympathetic to us or not.  We also cannot make the mistake that someone having all of the advantages of growing up around the church and being surrounded by the things God equates to salvation in Christ.  Always preach, never presume, because what's at stake is everything. 
     
    Scripture: Isaiah 48:12-19, Romans 9:1-5
  • Aug 6, 2023He Will Never Remove His Love
    Aug 6, 2023
    He Will Never Remove His Love
    The passages at the end of Romans 8 remind us that nothing can separate us from his love.  Though we do not yet experience the same trials, tribulations, and persecution as other Christians in different parts of the world, a time will come when we face these in various forms.  Because of his love for us, we know that we can be ever dependent on him, no matter what we face.
     
    Scripture: Psalm 44:9-26, Romans 8:35-39
  • Jul 30, 2023All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand
    Jul 30, 2023
    All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand
    The end of Romans 8 gives us the crescendo of assurance through confident assertions grounded in Christ that Paul is impressing upon us.  Though the world, our own flesh, and the devil may be against us, he is always on our side and will see us through.  Our salvation is secure, and this frees us up to love our enemies all the more because we know what and who they need.  
     
    Scripture: Psalm 27, Romans 8:31-38
  • Jul 27, 2023Week 6: Is Hell Emptied? Universalism
    Jul 27, 2023
    Week 6: Is Hell Emptied? Universalism
  • Jul 23, 2023Five Realities of Redemption
    Jul 23, 2023
    Five Realities of Redemption
    God's work in our salvation is deeply personal.  He knew us and chose us before the foundation of the world, and as the followers of Christ, we are justified in his eyes and will one day be glorified with him.  This gives us great assurance to be courageous, bold, and fearless for Jesus Christ. 
     
    Scripture: Isaiah 44:1-8, Romans 8:29-30
  • Jul 20, 2023Week 5: Is Hell Eternal? Annihilationism
    Jul 20, 2023
    Week 5: Is Hell Eternal? Annihilationism
  • Jul 16, 2023All Things?
    Jul 16, 2023
    All Things?
    The well-known Romans 8:28 encapsulates much about God and His divine sovereignty and providence for all things and applies to every situation.  We can know that no matter the situation, we can be certain that God is using it for our good and his glory.  This applies to both a macro level through God's unfolding plan throughout redemptive history and on a personal level and the difficulties we face.  Though he may test, teach, humble and refine us, he has those who love him in each place for a good reason, and that allows us to be more patient and to trust and depend on him amid our trials.  
     
    Scripture: Genesis 45:1-8, 50:15-21, Romans 8:18-28